Saturday, November 26, 2011
Apart from struggling to put together a much needed effort to continuously update my blog, apparently I also have a tendency to buy first, justifications later policy when it comes to buying books or reading materials.
So,out of pure single-mindedness and guilt-free entry, these are the books that I'm currently sinking my teeth into, quite literally at times! Her goes nothing :-
1) Football-Bloody Hell : The Biography of Alex Ferguson by Patrick Barclay. Done reading it, am currently re-reading a few chapters on Sir Alex's Aberdeen days. Oh, I think I don't like Patrick Barclay, don't ask... it's about his tweets on David De Gea :-)
2) The Football Men by Simon Kuper. Done reading it, but can't put the book down for too long...filled with priceless snippets and valuable insights on the footballing men we know, adore and love so much.
3) The Blizzard : Issue One edited by Jonathan Wilson. Done reading it, hope to emulate the sheer brilliance of it all. I heart football journalism !!!
4) RED : My Autobiography by Gary Neville. Done reading it, will read again if possible but honestly I expected more from Gary.
5) Soccer Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper. Currently reading it, have to skip a few chapters as I browse through simply because can't wait for the part where the names of the teams and players are more familiar... got it for RM8.00 at the Big Bad Wolf book fair recently.
6) Batman : Year One by Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli and Richmond Lewis. Okay, okay so this is not strictly a 'book' per se but hey I did mentioned 'reading materials' earlier on right! Done reading at first attempt, "...a shadow fell across me, from above. Wings flapped, close by and almost silent. "
7) Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. Haven't started, don't know when I'll actually start but as per policy, buy first, explain to the wife later ;-)
December is but a few days away and already I'm thinking about a few more titles that have caught my attention. Now where did I put my trusted 'tabung buluh'...
Thanks and ciao !
Friday, August 19, 2011
to top it all off, a Scholesy book will come out !!! I don't actually know when but rest assured, for all the 'Ginger Ninja' fans out there you can pre-order from store.manutd.com or at any other major online book retailers...yippee! just to get your freak on, it is "the first and only book by one of the greatest players of all time" heh, eat your heart out Theo Walcott!
ahhh...I missed him already *tsk,tsk,tsk* did any of you guys see him at The Hawthorns? the United bench looks quite peculiar without him, what more the United team on the pitch but I've said this before and I'll say this again, Scholesy, you're a GENIUS !
Wassalam guys and ciao !
Friday, August 12, 2011
Most of us, football fans don't really know or bother to care about La Masia de Can Planes do we...? How about De Toekomst...? Now, comparing these two places or shall I say 'institutions' is missing the whole point altogether but what's interesting is that Johann Cryuff had a hand in setting up and envisioning these two famed hallowed venues.
Admittedly, Cryuff was always one of those footballing icon that I considered too 'old school' for me to remember or even liked but one little thing that I knew of him -Cryuff's turn - proved to be more than sufficient to make him one of the truly greats that ever graced a football field.
Everybody knows he's a genius, that he's a joy to watch while he was playing whether in real life or through the small screens of YouTube videos but what impressed me most about Cryuff is that he certainly has an opinion or two or three on everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Although he's quite infamous in a way that people always seem to get the quirkiest of quotes out of him but that's exactly why I said he's a one off, meaning there'll be no other footballer quite like him.
Though not as famous as FC Barcelona's youth set up in terms of location or facilities, AFC Ajax Amsterdam's youth academy prestige is second to none and a quick look at its list of alumnus proves to be the case. If FC Barcelona can claim Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta as their 'products', just don't forget Edgar Davids, Wesley Sneijder or Rafael Van De Vaart were also once the marquee players of AFC Ajax Amsterdam.
I remember reading about the England's FA youth set up, the Lilleshall School of Excellence once but got to know that it has been turned into a National Sports Center or something...if my memory serves me well, Michael Owen and Wesley Brown were there as apprentices at one time.
Food for thought, I've been reading around Rizal Hashim's blog and loved the nuggety behind-the-scenes stories that he shared about Malaysia's current football heroes. My take is that when you're on a first name basis with the players, plus your significant other is an insider of that closely knitted inner-circle, you ought to share a fair bit hahaha! Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil might not be anything close to La Masia or De Toekomst at the moment, not in our wildest dreams but as Cryuff has once proven, soon enough it might just be our turn!
*picture of Johann Cryuff nicked from FC Barcelona's official website.
Good night and ciao !
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sedang asyik melayari internet sementara menunggu mata mengantuk, saya kembali segar apabila terbaca tentang perlawanan seterusnya yang akan diharungi oleh pasukan Manchester United.Perlawanan khas yang juga merupakan perlawanan 'testimonial' ('testimonial match' adalah satu perlawanan mengiktiraf jasa dan perkhidmatan yang telah diberikan oleh seseorang pemain bola sepak kepada sesebuah kelab, bagi tempoh lebih kurang 10 tahun dan biasanya sebuah perlawanan yang tidak kompetitif) buat Paul Scholes di mana Manchester United akan menentang pasukan francais Liga Bola Sepak Major, Amerika Syarikat yang diberi 'nafas baru' iaitu New York Cosmos
Antara lain, saya dan rakan-rakan sekelas sewaktu di sekolah dulu pernah membuat sekeping poster mini tribute kepada pemain-pemain kegemaran masing-masing hanya dengan menggunakan sehelai kertas berwarna bersaiz A4 dan keratan-keratan surat khabar sebelum di'laminate'kan agar ia nampak menarik dan tahan lasak!
Yang pasti, Paul Scholes akan terus diingati oleh semua peminat bola sepak tidak kira anda penyokong Manchester United atau bukan. Saya sempat tampilkan tribute daripada pemain-pemain lain yang turut mengagumi dan pastinya akan merindui kelibat Paul Scholes !
Mungkin hati sedikit terubat kerana setelah mengumumkan persaraannya beberapa bulan lepas, Scholesy diserap menjadi sebahagian daripada sepasukan jurulatih yang akan membantu Sir Alex untuk memantapkan persediaan musim baru 2011/2012.
Zinedine Zidane : My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He's the complete midfielder. (Zidane memang sejak dia main untuk Juventus lagi menjadi penggemar setia corak dan kebolehan Scholesy membaca permainan)
Xavi : In the last 15 or 20 years the best central midfielder that I've seen - the most complete - is Scholes (Ini Xavi Hernandez daripada FC Barcelona tu yang cakap, kalau dia pun boleh panggil Scholesy 'complete' siapa lagi yang boleh pertikai)
Patrick Viera : The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy - Paul Scholes. (Antara 'musuh' yang cukup mengagumi Scholesy)
Sekian dulu daripada saya, terima kasih kerana sudi membaca! Ciao !
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Jom sama-sama kita rafa'kan segala pujian buat Allah s.w.t kerana sekali lagi diberi kesempatan dan peluang untuk sama-sama menyambut ketibaan bulan Ramadhan yang penuh berkat... niat asal hati saya adalah untuk memberi sedikit 'suntikan' buat blog saya ini yang rasanya sudah hampir pasti mendapat jolokan b(logger) l(ambat) o(rganize) g(arapan) tidak lama lagi ;-)
Apa pun, 'suntikan' yang saya maksudkan tadi adalah dengan menampilkan beberapa gambar yang indah dan menarik tentang Ramadhan yang hendak saya petik daripada beberapa laman web. Seperti kebiasaannya, saya akan bermula dengan meminta bantuan Lebai Google melalui kitab 'Images'nya, ya betul carian dapat dihabiskan tidak sampai pun 5 saat tapi hasil yang keluar sepatutnya sudah saya jangka!
Hasil yang paling banyak dipamerkan adalah gambar-gambar gah iklan buffet Ramadhan di beberapa hotel terkemuka sekitar Lembah Kelang. Sedikit pengubahan terhadap susunan ayat di dalam kotak carian seterusnya membawa saya ke beberapa hasil carian yang lain. Saya cuba buat capaian di entri ini mana-mana yang sempat dan sekadar berkongsi, harapan saya kita sama-sama tingkatkan ibadah dan berusaha jadikan Ramadhan kali ini lebih baik daripada Ramadhan tahun lepas, insya-Allah...
gambar daripada http://www.aliraqi.org/
Pembaca boleh melawat http://aliraqi.org/ yang banyak menghimpunkan gambar-gambar dibawah opsyen forum bertajuk 'Ramadhan' yang dipetik daripada pelbagai agensi berita dan foto antarabangsa seperti Reuters, AFP, Getty Images dan sebagainya untuk tatapan.
Juga menarik, bagaimana laskar-laskar Perancis menyambut Ramadhan dan senarai periksa ringkas Ramadhan untuk kita agar ianya lebih berkualiti.
Sekian dulu para pembaca,selamat menjalani ibadah puasa, wassalam dan ciao !!!
Monday, April 4, 2011
The Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners : International Student Edition defined the verb, focus, as " to concentrate on something and pay particular attention to it ". Now these are exactly the things that we should do ! Concentrate and pay particular attention (no matter how difficult that will prove to be).
I will be the first one to admit that I don't have the ability of any sort to persuade or convince my dear readers (mythical creatures as far as my blog is concerned...) to agree with me with whatever I'm saying in my entries. I'll concede as well -through gritted teeth- that I'm as powerless as the next chap or chapette who wants his or her views to be heard by those who walk along the corridors of seemingly limitless power.
Nevertheless, I believe that I've at least made an effort...to take a stand, to hold on to something, and in these dire moments, only Allah s.w.t, the Most Merciful and the Most Gracious will help me.
So guys and gals, let's focus on these... if you just can spare a few minutes of your precious time and read up on these issues and more importantly, please get back to me through the commentaries section. So that we can exchange views and discuss them for a better and informed outlook, then that would be a benefit to all, I certainly think of it as a positive method, no?
I'm pretty sure that one of the biggest rare-earth plant in the world is about to start operation in Gebeng, Kuantan but does anyone even know what is it all about ? I got something on the Lynas thingy, do check out the so called 'green practices' of other Australian companies and a few read ups about the pollution it might cause and why we need to at least halt the proposed plant which I believe is already in an advanced stage.
Ehem, ehem..to quote Jay-Z (yikes!) here goes :
This ain't for iTunes, this ain't for sing alongs
This is Sinatra at the opera, bring a blonde
Preferably with a fat ass who can sing a song
Wrong, this ain't politically correct
This might offend my political connects
My raps don't have melodies
This should make n****s wanna go and commit felonies"
To the uninitiated, that is more or less my disclaimer for the next few paras. I would really really love to know from my Sarawakian friends, what is the 'mood' like over there ? Have you guys read RadioFreeSarawak ? Or try to visit SarawakReport ? It has been going on and you know it will continue before your very eyes...You guys have it in you to go out there and make a change ! Yes, you can be sure that it won't be easy and even looks a tad impossible doesn't it ? Well, please know that was the general perception before March '08. Let the silly season commence...
Wassalaam and ciao !
Friday, April 1, 2011
I have at least 3 drafts of entires in the 'edit posts' section of my 'Posting' tab in this blog hosting site that I'm so 'fond' of.
It will and shall remain that way unless or until I can summon whatever tiny weeny love of words that I still have inside of me coz, man..... it's becoming more and more of a joke !
If you must know, all of the drafts are about football *yawn...* or to be more specific, 1 of them is about Le Roi a.k.a Eric Cantona, another is about....oh well, look at the time peeps !
My point is, I believe I still need to reach a consistency level of posting or entries like the average bloggers before I can even think about getting noticed.
Alhamdulillah...by Allah s.w.t grace and mercy I'm still here. Good luck to me !
In the meantime, here is my newly acquired friend, you might know him from somewhere but before you start asking, the answer is NO, come on you guys... of course Bruce Wayne won't be scouring iTunes for that Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars song.
'Coz he's already a friggin' billionaire !
Until next time, insya-Allah...